Cheltenham Town: Paolo Di Canio quits Swindon, Marlon Pack move less likely
Paolo Di Canio has today resigned as manager of Swindon Town, which may lessen the chances of Cheltenham Town midfielder Marlon Pack joining the League One club.
The Italian is a big admirer of the 21-year-old playmaker and he was willing to pay Cheltenham £100,000 for his services on transfer deadline day.
Pack would have joined Swindon had the Football League not refused to ratify the transfer while a takeover of the troubled club was finalised and approved, leaving him in no man's land and the situation has still not been resolved.
Winger Luke Rooney was due to move in the opposite direction and he has spent the past fortnight training with Cheltenham, having been banished to train on his own by Di Canio at Swindon.
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Mark Yates is now keen to retain Pack until the end of his contract, which expires in the summer and the Robins boss was also hoping to bring in Rooney on loan.
Both switches now appear unlikely to happen, but Swindon's initial willingness to pay £100,000 for Pack's services could work to Cheltenham's advantage with any tribunal-set fees for Pack in the summer.
Di Canio guided Swindon to the League Two title last season and they are riding high again at the higher level this term.
However, after months of unrest, Di Canio released a statement to the Swindon Advertiser on Monday.
It read: "It is with great regret that I find myself having to make this further press statement.
"Last Tuesday, 12th February, I formally confirmed my resignation as Manager of Swindon Town Football Club with immediate effect.
"In my previous press statement on 1st February, I said that I was considering my future, as my position with the club had become untenable, after I found out that Matt Ritchie had been sold without my consent.
"As I had previously stated, there have been a number of broken promises made by the club over the time that I have been Manager of Swindon Town. Despite these problems, I have delivered everything and more that was asked of me, by achieving promotion last year as Champions and competing this season for promotion to the Championship and being just 3 points from top place a year earlier than expected.
"I did not resign immediately, nor publicise my resignation after I had formally confirmed it, as I did not want to jeopardise the negotiations for the sale of the club and I wanted to listen to what the proposed new owners plans were.
"Following discussions, my representatives put forward a proposal that would secure my future at the club until at least the end of the season and quite possibly beyond as well. This proposal actually reduced the Clubs contractual liabilities to me in the interest of saving Swindon Town FC. At a meeting last Friday the proposed new owners accepted and said they were very happy with the new terms.
"I entered into a temporary arrangement with the proposed new owners to continue in my role as Manager but all this was agreed subject to Football League approval for the purchase of the Club being granted by 5:00pm on Monday 18th February.
"At the time of issuing this statement, I have had no further contact from the proposed new owners and I have been told that unfortunately Football League approval has not been granted yet and therefore my temporary arrangement has ended and my resignation stands.
"This is all I wish to say for the time being other than to thank my Technical Staff and the players for their fantastic professional behaviour and attitude in achieving what they have done up to today, also thanks to the Swindon Town supporters for the incredible support they have shown me and the team throughout my time as Manager.
"I wish the best of luck to the supporters, the players and my Technical Staff for the future."